No matter where you go in America, small town or big city, thieves are always hard at work. We’ve all heard news stories about people stealing catalytic converters from automobiles and copper wire from air conditioning units. But some Alabama crooks have taken things to a whole new level.
AM radio station WJLX, located in the small town of Jasper, about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham, recently reported that a 200-foot-tall broadcast tower had been stolen. You read that right, the whole darn tower is gone! How does that even happen?
According to station manager Brett Elmore, the thieves broke into a building at the site and made away with several thousand dollars worth of equipment, as well as cutting the tower’s guy-wires and taking the tower with them, too. Elmore said that in his 26 years in the radio business, he had never heard of such a thing. In all my years in the newspaper business and beyond, neither have I. How did nobody notice this happening? It’s not like they grabbed a computer and threw it in the back seat of a car and drove off. The thing was 200 feet tall!
If and when the thieves get caught, and I hope they do catch these guys, they could be facing harsh penalties, because radio stations are a federally licensed facility, making it a federal crime.
Now I have to figure out how to work this into one of my mystery novels. No, never mind. Nobody would ever believe it. Truth really is stranger than fiction.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. Life is already complicated enough for John Lee, what with his estranged wife dropping in for unannounced sleepovers, her oversexed sister tempting him, his pot smoking ponytailed grandfather growing his own stash, his Elvis obsessed grandmother, and being caught smack dab in the middle of a power struggle between the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. But when a road construction crew unearths the skeletons of three murder victims, John Lee suddenly finds himself on the trail of a killer who may well have died long before the deputy was even born. And then a mysterious sniper begins shooting at deputies…
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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Only one more week to go!
Thought For The Day – Some people just suck the nice right out of you.